How to Read Encrypted Text Messages Through Textpad

By John Mitchell

TextPad itself doesn't have an encryption feature or add-on, but that doesn't mean you can't read encrypted messages in the program. By using separate encryption software, you can decrypt and read messages through TextPad or any Windows Notepad alternative. Before you get started, find out from the sender which encryption method or program was used and what password is needed to decrypt the contents

Step 1

Launch TextPad and open the encrypted message in the program.

Step 2

Select the entire text of the message by pressing the "Ctrl-A" keys. Next, copy the text by pressing the "Ctrl-C" keys.

Step 3

Open the appropriate encryption software. Choose the decryption option and paste the copied text. Press the "Ctrl-V" keys to paste the text.

Step 4

Enter the passphrase or password that was originally used to encrypt the message.

Step 5

Click the "Decrypt" button. The text should go through a short decryption process and appear on the screen fully decrypted.

Step 6

Select and copy the decrypted text from the program's window and paste it into the TextPad window. Save the newly decrypted text as a new file, as you may need to retain the original encrypted message for later reference.